Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of “Interrupted Geographies”

Interrupted Geographies is a book that asks what it costs to build a community without a foundation. It explores the forgotten history of Pithole, Pennsylvania from 1865-67. Pithole was America’s first oil boom town that legend has it survived only 500 days before it burned to the ground. With wells grossing $1,000,000 a day, Pithole was a place of great wealth and great destitution, a place where girls, some as young as eleven, were forced into sexual slavery.

Leslie Halpern, author of “Scantily Clad Truths: Essays on Life with Clothes (and without)”

Scantily Clad Truths: Essays on Life with Clothes (and without) is a collection of humorous personal essays about strange experiences I’ve had in my personal life and in my professional career as an entertainment journalist. Though each story has a different focus, they all unite through the element of clothing, which helps establish time, place, and state of mind.